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Week 9: Sleepers

While we're not projecting starting type stats for these players, they have good potential and could surprise. This week's picks include Profiled players include Alex Smith, Jake Locker, Pierre Thomas, Mike James, and David Nelson.

Jones has scored six TDs in his last three games all while not playing more than 42-percent of offensive snaps in any of those contests. That's nuts. Last week, on just 18 snaps, Jones saw eight targets and caught them all for 122 yards and four TDs. He just about matched Calvin Johnson in fantasy scoring last week depending upon your scoring system. With Mohamed Sanu day-to-day with a shoulder injury and a short week to recover, Jones' recent explosion could more easily continue with any kind of playing time increase. Jones is typically listed as the Bengals' No. 2 receiver; however the playing time puts him at No. 3 behind Sanu. Sanu being out would really give Jones a chance to become the Bengals' WR2 on a permanent basis. He's certainly set the bar very high for himself. Miami, Cincy's Week 9 opponent, has only allowed one WR TD all year, so Jones will have his work cut out for him regardless. You're not adding Jones for one week though, he has huge rest-of-season upside.

Injury Status: Injured Reserve

In the five games where Jake Locker started, Walker averaged about 10 fantasy points per game in PPR leagues. Last week, Walker caught three passes for 52 yards and a TD. He is the clear No. 3 passing option for the Titans behind WRs Nate Washington and Kendall Wright, but to Walker's credit, he does lead the team in receiving TDs. The continued presence of Locker is key though. The eight-year TE is a mid-TE2 and should be expected to crack double-digit points when he can find the end zone. Since the TE landscape seems to fluctuate every week, Walker is a steal considering his very low ownership numbers (under 2-percent on ESPN). The Titans have lost three straight to really tough opponents (KC, at SEA & SF) so don't underestimate them moving forward. They held their own in those games and Walker is just as good as any other TE2 with Locker under center.

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